Where does the M. differentialis live?

        Prefers thick or heavily overgrown vegetation (Reiner, 2011), likes tall grasses. Commonly found in agricultural regions in Central United States favoring corn, soy, and alfalfa fields. Also often found in fields of small grain such as wheat.

What is its distribution and ecological niche?

         Range from Northern Mexico, through central United States and into Southern Canada (Pfadt, 1971).

          M. differentialis is predominately primary consumer. This species, among other grasshoppers, provides a staple food source for upland birds (turkey, grouse, pheasant) as well as food for rodents. Often considered a pest by humans.


  What other kinds of organisms live in its habitat?

         Due to its extensive range it shares a niche with myriads of other organisms. The most important of these organisms are perhaps those in which M. differnetialis is in direct conflict with. These include: many other species of grasshoppers and locust (M. sanguinipes, Short-horned Grasshoppers). Other insects, birds, humans (farms).


  How does it fit into its niche?

        Primary consumer, food source for many secondary consumers including upland birds, rodents, snakes and other reptiles.